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-- Shakti Gawain
by Dr. Tony Alessandra
Types of geniuses are:
1. "Everyone agrees" geniuses:the great icons of civilization, including Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Shakespeare. These are geniuses elected by unanimous consent.
2. Officially designated geniuses:people who have won Nobel Prizes or other highly-respected awards. Whether or not we understand what they've accomplished, we think of them as geniuses based on their recognition by people who are supposed to know one when they see one.
3. People who haven't yet gained national or international prominence, but who have done something so remarkable that they seem to be in a different realm from ordinary mortals. Some of these are young prodigies - students who have won national science contests or gotten perfect scores on standardized tests.
The first three are quite legitimate, but the fourth category is really the most important - because it includes you, and everyone else. It's based on the idea that we all have the potential for achievements that are wrongly considered possible for only a few.
There's plenty of evidence for everyday genius. After all, the physical and mental challenges of learning to walk and talk are more difficult than anything we face later in life - yet the vast majority of human beings meet these challenges successfully. True, it's been argued that these primary skills are hardwired into our genetic makeup. But there are many things that the genetic argument can't account for. In the 17th and 18th centuries, for example, it was expected that every member of the educated class would be able to read and speak several different languages, write poetry, play a musical instrument, and know much of the Bible by heart. These people routinely displayed abilities that today would be considered truly amazing - and perhaps even evidence of genius. But in those days what we call genius was just the fulfillment of society's expectations.
When we speak of everybody being a genius in this sense, it doesn't mean everyone has to get 800s on the SATs or play the violin or create beautiful oil paintings. Those are other ways of looking at the concept of genius, which are revealed in the origin of the word itself. A researcher by the name of Thomas Armstrong has done some excellent work on this. He points out that the word genius is closely related to the word genesis, which comes from Greek and Latin words meaning "beget," "be born," or " come into being." It's also related to the word genial, meaning "festive" or "jovial." In the Middle East, the term has been linked to the word jinni, or genie, the magical power that lay dormant and hidden in Aladdin's lamp until a secret method released it.
Combining all these roots leads to a very powerful and beautiful definition of genius. It means "giving birth to your joy." In this sense, genius is a word for an individual's hidden potential. It also includes the process of discovering that potential and transforming it into action. But the first step is belief - certainty that you have greater capabilities than you thought, and a responsibility to develop them and put them to use. So put your capabilities to use today, and join the ranks of geniuses everywhere!
Copyright © 1996-2005 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. Dr. Tony Alessandra can be reached at http://www.alessandra.com.
The kids are back in school, the white pants and shoes are packed away, it's time to focus on that project that is calling your attention most loudly. Complete September feeling really good about being on top of your game by finishing at least one project with us on the 22nd. Want some fun and companionship while you work? Join us in Pounce on a Project on Thursday, September 22nd, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Eastern. We will join as a group by phone and declare what you want to accomplish: putting together a new marketing piece, finishing that client project, backing up your computer before you buy a new one, making those cold calls, organizing your office, simplifying your filing system, or putting the summer clothes away.
During the morning, the group will gather by phone a few times to check progress and get any support needed to finish with a bang. At noon, the group will celebrate their accomplishments. Who says projects have to be boring and tedious? Bring your lightness and fun and join us for the energization.
To sign up or learn more, call or e-mail Andrea by noon on September 21st. Feel free to share this with friends and co-workers, the more the merrier. (Cost of the program is only the cost of long distance phone calls.)
October 1, 2005
For the past 10 years, I have ridden 50 miles on a bicycle for the Rodman Ride for Kids rodmanrideforkids.org which benefits children at risk in Massachusetts. This year I will be unable to ride as I am still rehabbing from my broken ankle, but I am still supporting the event through fundraising. I have committed my fundraising efforts to benefit The Home for Little Wanderers www.thehome.org
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In speaking with Nadine Heaps, owner of Purple Ink Insurance Agency, a local Ashland resident who was instrumental in contacting and providing housing for a family from New Orleans The kindness of strangers - The Boston Globe, she has the following information and advice:
"Shelters are starting to close down. They are not equipped to support 100s of people. "Shout Out" is providing space donated from a man named Jim. He owns a social hall that is now a shelter. Charmelle (the woman Nadine reached to coordinate bringing the family to Ashland) is spending her own money and it's nearly gone. There is concern is that if help doesn't come faster, we'll be hearing worse horror stories." Please consider donating to:
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